Pranayama is a Yogic science of breathing. Prana has been described as the life-force in the air we breathe.
‘Prana’is not breath itself but something to do with the way we breathe and what happens to the air that we take in. ‘Ayama’ means to regulate or to extend. The art and science of Pranayama is therefore not about breathing more air, but about learning to breathe less air over a longer space of time. This involves learning how to make the air reach parts of the lungs and parts of the body that are often not reached in everyday life. In Yoga and life, breathing may be guided or regulated due to Physical (spine, diaphragm), Neurological (autonomic nervous system), Mental (concentration), Emotional (feelings of love, peace and happiness), Cardiovascular (heart-rate, blood pressure) and Physiological (hypoventilation and hyperventilation) reasons.
The ultimate state of Pranayama (yogic breath-regulation) and meditation is a state where breathing is reduced as much as possible without force. However, this is a process that can for most people take a life-time. At Aroga, we place equal importance on the application of Pranayama as with the Asanas. Our inherent belief is that Pranayama together with Asana brings us in a state of inner balance.